Five-star Isaiah Evans faces a loaded Myers Park squad in a regional final matchup
North Carolina State has proven to be one of the best in terms of talent when it comes to the Class of 2024. Three state prospects took the floor yesterday afternoon in the NCHSAA 4A Regional Final between Myers Park and North Mecklenburg.
Myers Park advanced to the state championship game with a 21-point victory as a five-star wing. Isaiah Evansfour-star all-round forward Sir Mohammedtop 25 sophomore AJ Whiteand most importantly, a four-star security guard Bishop Boswell titled the game. In addition to these four, the three-star quadruple Elijah Strong also showed why he is one of the best senior prospects available.
Taking part in a game filled with national talent, 247Sports national analyst Brandon Jenkins presented awards to each of the best players of the match:
PERSPECTIVE: ISAIAH EVANS
Rating: No. 10 overall in the national junior class.
Statline: Finished with 18 points
Accident: Evans is the main reason why the top 10 in the 2024 national class is bound to shift in the next updates. A 6’7″ slender striker, Evans is a supremely talented and experienced three-range scorer. It took him a while to get going; however, once he found the groove, the top ten juniors looked like part of a prospect whose growth may have been left in its infancy.
After struggling for much of the first half, Evans had stretches in the second, where he maintained his recent climb into the top ten. There were times when he was an impossible front. Even as he struggled to get to his point on the floor, he still comfortably, confidently and quickly rose over his defender to land a controversial shot. Faced hard knocks many times when he found himself forcing a problem. However, his laid-back ability to score with his hand in front of his face made it clear why he was able to score 62 in his previous game.
One of the highest scoring players in his class, Evans is programmed to hit the basket in multiple ways. He doesn’t have a dash that any defender could hit, but he can pull himself up very quickly. He has a high throw point in the jumper and almost never has trouble throwing. His advantage is clearly in his body, and although he plans to become a leaner player in the long run, he makes up for his lack of strength in skills.
No wonder if his successes follow quickly this summer. With his ability to hit basketball at the same pace as him, Evans could establish himself as a top contender when 2024 rolls around.
Recruitment: Evans has completed an official visit to Florida. In addition, he traveled to Duke, Georgia and the state of North Carolina on unofficial visits.
MVP: BIOP BOSWELL
Rating: No. 79 in the national junior class.
Statline: Finished with 22 points and six rebounds.
Accident: Boswell performed well on glass and at long range. The former dual-sport athlete[playedwithasenseofurgencybyprioritizingtheglassanddrillingthreejumpersfrombehindthearc[игралсчувствомбезотлагательностиотдаваяпредпочтениестеклуитренируятрехпрыгуновиз-задуги[playedwithasenseofurgencybyprioritizing theglassanddrillingthreejumpersfrombehindthearc
One of the top defensive rebounders in high school basketball, Boswell grabbed six boards and was also locked in defense. Offensively, he finished as the top scorer of the game as he also excelled in crossing and was hard to stop when he hit the basket.
With his game, Boswell can always do something on the court to make his mark. He comes in handy as a secondary ball carrier looking for fitness and making the game happen when it’s counted on. Although he led his team in scoring, he also excelled in his blue collar role, helping to secure a landslide victory.
Recruitment: Boswell last told 247Sports he wants to schedule official visits to Georgia and Wake Forest.
SWISS ARMY KNIFE: SIR MOHAMMED
Rating: No. 73 overall in the national junior class.
Statline: 13 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Accident: Boswell wasn’t the only one who influenced the game in different ways. His backcourt teammate Mohammed boasted of his all-around victory over the Mustangs.
247Sports listed Mohammed as a small forward, Mohammed scores a point for Myers Park and plays at his own pace. Everything seems to flow in slow motion with Mohammed at the helm. However, while playing at a slow pace, he still manages to get where he needs to be to create for himself and his teammates.
He saw the floor well, read ball screens superbly, and made a number of impressive finds during his walk. In addition, Mohammed scored with opportunity and lived up to his usual standards of excellence in getting what the defense offered.
Recruitment: Mohammed last told 247Sports that Marquette, NC,, OhioOklahoma, Penn State, Stanford and Virginia Tech is all involved.
MISTER. INTENSITY: ELIJA STRONG
Rating: Power forward No. 62 in the position rankings of the national senior class.
Statline: 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Accident: The unsigned senior has been wanted since he was released from Wofford back in January. His performance in the regional finals was a prime example of why he impressed with his energy and level of skill within 15 feet.
At 6ft 8in, the Strong is efficient and has an extremely soft midrange touch. He was too much of a burden for his opponents and his teammates thrived on his momentum. Whether it was grabbing rebounds, rolling off balls, or getting into position inside, he seemed to meticulously get the job done right, putting in the best effort.
He plays with great feeling and his energy was infectious. With his level of skill and positive attitude towards the game, it will be interesting to see what additional schools are added to the game.
Recruitment: Duquesne, George Mason, Illinois State, and Samford proposed Strong after withdrawing from his national letter of intent.